• 0
  • 15
  • 0
  • 0

On September 19th, the Jaladuta sailed into New York Harbor and docked at a Brooklyn Pier at Seventeenth Street. Bhaktivedanta Swami saw the awesome Manhattan skyline, the Empire State Building, and like many millions of visitors and immigrants in the past, the Statue of Liberty. He was dressed appropriately as a resident of Vrindavana. He wore kanthi-mala and a simple cotton dhoti. He carried a japa-mala and an old chaddar. His complexion was golden, his head shaven, shikha in the back, his forehead decorated with the Vaishnava tilaka. He wore pointed white rubber slippers, not uncommon for sadhus from India. He was possibly the first Vaishnava sannyasi to arrive in New York with uncompromised appearance.

Reference: Illustration by Bhaktisiddhanta Dasa